Friday, March 27, 2009

No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Shows HBO Can Still Do It Right

Why television can still be so very, very good is demonstrated by the premiere of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency on HBO this Sunday. Mary gives it a No. 1 rating on so many levels that it is a must see this weekend.
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"Transparency Through Television"

In a highly quoted article Mary wrote for the Los Angeles Times this week, President Obama is not using television and other media in a way that many political pundits are grasping: click here; this is the real "reality" television.
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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Humble TV Critic Gets Props For Analysis Of Hologram Media President

Yes, Mary McNamara is a television critic and a novelist (Oscar Season and the to be published The Starlet both at Simon & Schuster) but her analysis of the ongoing media blitz of President Obama is right on the money --in ways which have eluded most pundits.
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Pulpwood Queen Picks Oscar Season For April Selection

Nobody is bigger, better or has done the book club -reading circle-community-thing better than The Pulpwood Queen (okay Oprah may be bigger but better?)
If you do not know who the Pulpwood Queen is, get out your Google machine and read up on her. You won't be disappointed.
Oscar Season in trade paperback has been made an April selection of the Pulpwood Queen.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Excellence And Old Times At ER

Mary's review of the return of Clooney and the reunion season of ER in today's Los Angeles Times.

Forgot to Tivo it? That's why the aliens invented Full episode right here.

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Big Love For Big Love: The Finale

The finale did not disappoint but it was the whole season of Big Love that may finally win awards. Mary McNamara's review for The Los Angeles Times:
Even so, "Big Love" is like no other show on television, possibly ever, and polygamy, though fascinating, is not the reason. Instead, it simply provides the odd and irregularly sized frame, the only thing big enough to accommodate a portrait so complicated that, left to its own devices, it would soon claim the entire wall, the entire room.
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KINGS: Hooked

Mary McNamara reviewed the new KINGS series on NBC and it looks like it already has us hooked. If you like Ian McShane or thought HBOs Carnivale or Deadwood were great television, you will end up hooked, as we already are. If you forgot to set the DVR the aliens at already have Episode 2 online, or just watch it here.

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Two Cylons Up: Review For Battlestar Galactica Finale

As much as many were not happy with the Oscar telecast, almost everyone at the Los Angeles Times loves the finale of Battlestar Galactica. Here is Mary's rave review in the Los Angeles Times and links from others on the review page.
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Saturday, March 14, 2009

KINGS: Mary McNamara Television Critic Of The Los Angeles Times Video Review

Don't know how Mary feels about doing "video" reviews. She is really a normal person who doesn't aspire to be in front of the camera: but Mary, YOU ARE GREAT IN THESE!

Mary asked for viewers to weigh in on KINGS so I will just say (not having seen the episode yet) that I would watch Ian McShane in anything and if they ever put him across from La Streep (who I would watch read a grocery list) I will sleep outside the movie theater to be the first in line.

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Friday, March 6, 2009

Breaking Bad: Continuing To Break Good

Mary's review of Breaking Bad is a good start for the award winning AMC series as it begins season 2. I recall Mary was on to Mad Men (like before it ever aired) and I am sure many will give this unique show a try. Click the pic or the link for her review which just hit the Los Angeles Times. Sphere: Related Content

Former Oscar Hosts Jon Stewart And David Letterman Talk About Hugh Jackman

At 1:28 Dave and Jon talk about hosting the Oscar's and why Hugh Jackman was a great choice!
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Oscars 2009: So What Did You Really Think?

No, this picture of Hugh Jackman is from The Boy From Oz: a Broadway show. But perhaps the Oscars 2009 edition (with its innovations) was a little oz-like and this morning we are back in Kansas.

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Monday, March 2, 2009

Oscars: Fact Following Fiction?

Trying to figure out what the Oscars will be like this year is like tramping through the deep weeds of rumor, planted leaks, and usual Oscar goofiness. But today we wondered for a second what it is like on the morning of the Oscars for the nominees and the producers? Then we remembered, oh yeah, that's what Mary McNamara's Oscar Season: A Novel is all about.

The machinations in Mary's plotline where desperate producers, actors and writers pull every stunt in the book --INCLUDING carefully plotted Oscar film murder scenes--with REAL murders-- is not seeming very far-fetched.

We think we have some ideas of what may happen tonight (tables perhaps on the main floor as a homage to the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929?) and who hasn't see the carefully leaked Hugh Jackman "top hat" rehearsal or the even newer Zac and Vanessa claimed rehearsal photo! Huh?! Zac Efron & Vanessa Hudgens: Oscars Rehearsals!

But the real beauty of Oscar Season was the inside look at what goes on at the hotels and Hollywood homes where the nominees and principals prepare for battle in the days leading up to the actors.

Perhaps the premise of Oscar Season was a little ahead of its time, but Oscar Season the book's time has clearly come.
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Dark Days In Monkey City

A note from your webmaster:

The edgier version of real life animals and their societies is now on Animal Planet, and if you get wrapped up in Meerkat Manor, you will likely be a Monkey City fan too.

Read Mary's review in the Los Angeles Times here.

However, being a television critic does not always make you friends. We wonder since Mary didn't give an unqualified two opposable thumbs up to Monkey City if there will be an outcry from the real life animal show fans out there as there was regarding some comments she made about the Oscar telecast this year? Sphere: Related Content

Oscar Season Now In Trade Paperback $14.00

The classic mystery novel and today’s paparazzi coincide in this engaging, insider’s look at Hollywood in the weeks leading up to the Academy Awards.

She is one of the very few reporters allowed to witness pre-telecast rehearsals and for years has covered Oscar night from the celebrity side of the red carpet and backstage during the show.

A recent recipient of an L.A. Press Club and American Association of Features Editors Awards for her industry coverage, she has interviewed innumerable stars and directors, and used her experience to craft this deliciously entertaining whodunit.

Wide audience: This novel will fascinate the many readers captivated by Hollywood and the celebrity lifestyle, while also appealing to mystery devotees and fans of smart, entertaining women’s fiction. It’s equal parts Jackie Collins, Michael Tolkin, and Sue Grafton.